France is currently living in a modern time that has this thirst for freedom and social progress. However, one cannot neglect the reluctance. For decades, it has been able to open up to the world and it has accepted to receive new cultures. It is impossible not to notice this remarkable journey that France has made. Even caught between threats and hope, the French have never lost sight of what is essential. Milestones remain engraved in the history and in the memory of our dear compatriots. For example, the paid vacations of 1936, the masked balls in the Roaring Twenties and the newspaper Le Petit Écho de la Mode in the 1920s.
How did the Roaring Twenties begin?
The Roaring Twenties are the 1920’s and you may notice that we are currently back on a crazy artistic decade. After 100 years, art is once again in turmoil. Social euphoria and cultural effervescence are again at the center of the atmosphere as in the 1920s. From the end of World War I to the crash of 1929, all countries of the world had to rebuild. Economic reconstruction and strength were the most weakened during these hard times. In history, France’s economic growth was strong during the 1920s. The people of that time dreamed of a new world that was (by far) pre-war conventions. History was being made and the cultured elite was being discovered, as well as the appearance of jazz and the Charleston. It is an art that is both eclectic and rich. From there begins the contest of the myth for the Roaring Twenties. In Montparnasse and Montmartre, the artistic and cultural revival is based on wise art dealers, intellectuals and cosmopolitan artists. For more information, please visit specialized sites such as www.art-twenty.com.
Which areas were most affected by the Roaring Twenties?
During the Roaring Twenties to the present day, there are four areas that were most affected. Since the decade, the world of entertainment has been more and more noticed. For example, the competition between ballets and the emergence of cabarets. Dance and song are the main motives of a show. In recent years, architecture and interior design have also come to the fore. After the war, the codes and vision are renewed to be adapted to modern society. In Paris, history has marked this international exhibition of modern decorative and industrial arts in 1925. It was decisive for the choice between the international style and the Art Deco style. The topography, furniture and design were also the most changed. Fashion was particularly affected (especially women’s fashion). The dress codes reflected the desire for emancipation to emerge from the war. For example, we can cite the appearance of the garçonne fashion. Plastic art was also modified, especially in figurative painting and sculpture. This is the appearance of surrealism, because the artists of Eastern Europe bring the dynamizing multiculturalism.
Why do the Roaring Twenties persist?
The 1920’s were very difficult years, people of those times tried to erase the trace of the war. People worked hard to forget the hard times of the war. And that agility and skill was kept. They were very beneficial for the people of those times. It is normal to keep this fighting spirit. The search for lust, beauty and elegance has taken hold. The French population became stronger and stronger after this war. Even in this epidemic of Covid-19, it is important to keep in mind the perseverance of the world during the Roaring Twenties. Performances such as the exhibition of arts and paintings remain important points for a country. It makes the cultural strength and gives the personality to the population. Art is not limited to a few fields, it is a very broad universe that should not be neglected.
How is the evolution of art from the 20’s to nowadays?
We speak about evolved art, because currently the artists of the 20s are completely different from the artists of our days. The works can be sold on the Internet nowadays. For an artist, he can take images and expose them on social networks and online sales sites. The value and beauty of the artist’s work should be judged by his skill, technique and inspiration. Art is visual, it is attractive and it gives a message. Art is a way to show what he feels. The person who is attracted to the work must receive the artist’s message. It can give hope, show anger or distribute joy. But whatever the artist’s work, it is important that he or she be inspired. Like the artists of the 1920’s who were eager to get out of poverty.